Builders of the Pacific Coast

Builders of the Pacific Coast


The three featured craftsmen — Lloyd House, Bruce Atkey, and Sun Ray Kelley — combine imaginative architecture with innovative contexts: everything from unusual house-boats to sculptural dwellings made of driftwood are included. With stunning color and black-and-white photographs, as well as detailed black-and-white drawings of the homes, this collection of unique and progressive designs creates a template for a future filled with forward-thinking architecture.

“Lloyd Kahn has likely done more to bring the work of natural builders into public consciousness than just about anyone in recent times. Countless times in recent years I have been told by owner-builders, designers, architects and pioneers of the natural building movement that one of Lloyd’s books inspired their projects.” —Jack Stephens, Natural Building Network

“What a fabulously inspiring piece of art! Truly amazing!” —Sim Van der Ryn, architect

“Wild, woodsy, whimsical. And profoundly West Coast. These are homes that bring to mind tree houses for grownups—with recognizable boughs, trunks and timbers incorporated in utterly original ways and perched as close to nature as possible.” —Katherine Dedyna, Vancouver Sun

“Seeing the beauty and harmony that graces every page of Builders of the Pacific Coast brought something immensely calming into our home and hearth, a kind of heart-opening grace and a groundedness. I am deeply grateful for that. We shall cherish this book to the end of our days.” —John Grissim, author of Pure Stoke

Meet the DIY builders of the Pacific Coast, whose homes are practical, imaginative, and environmentally friendly.

If you’re fascinated by homes and architecture or if you’re seeking inspiration for your own DIY building project, then you have something in common with Lloyd Kahn. In 2004, he discovered a group of unique carpenters along the Pacific Coast of North America. Over a two-year period, he made multiple trips up the coast, shooting photographs and interviewing builders. The result of his efforts was Builders of the Pacific Coast, a spotlight on nearly 50 amazing builders and structures between San Francisco, California, and Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Every featured building is rich in culture, innovative design, and artistic creativity.

Three builders in particular are prominently featured: Lloyd House, master craftsman and designer, who created a series of unique homes on a small island; Bruno Atkey, builder of numerous houses and lodges made from hand-split cedar; and SunRay Kelley, barefoot builder tuned into nature, who designed and built wildly imaginative structures. In addition, you’ll see working homesteads, sculptural buildings of driftwood, homes that are beautiful and practical, live-aboard boats, caravans, and examples of stunning architectural design—all in an incomparable full-color book with coffee-table appeal.

Inside you’ll find:

  • images of builders and their creations along the Pacific Coast of North America
  • Stunning designs and innovative structures
  • Fine craftsmanship with local materials
  • Form plus function

A continuation of Lloyd’s journeys into the creative processes of owner-built homes, this book explores unique techniques, use of sustainable materials, and essential dedication to natural elements. With more than 1,000 stunning photographs, as well as detailed drawings of the homes, this collection creates a template for a future filled with forward-thinking architecture.

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Dimensions 9 × 12 in

Lloyd Kahn



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The Shelter Library of Building Books

Publication Date

October 28, 2008


Shelter Publications


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